‘Pacific Rim’ footage delivers ‘2,500 tons of awesome’

April 29, 2013 | 10:26 p.m.
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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Idris Elba, left, as Stacker Pentecost and Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Idris Elba, left, Rob Kazinsky and director Guillermo del Toro on the set of "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Guillermo del Toro, director of the upcoming film "Pacific Rim," at CinemaCon 2013 on April 16 in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

Guillermo del Toro’s back in the multiplex this summer in a big way with his massive robots versus kaiju epic “Pacific Rim.”

The film, due out July 12, promises to deliver “2,500 tons of awesome” with a tale set in the near future, when a race of giant alien monsters has invaded our world via an inter-dimensional portal, prompting mankind to build equally enormous robots called Jaegers to defeat them.

Del Toro was on hand at WonderCon in Anaheim earlier this year to promote the project, and now, he’s shared the footage he showed to the convention audience, which explains the film’s premise in a little more detail and showcases some pretty spectacular fight sequences.

Del Toro, who co-wrote the screenplay with Travis Beacham, shot “Pacific Rim” almost entirely at Pinewood Toronto Studios, where the production used the facility’s eight sound stages over five months from November 2011 to April 2012.

“We built parts of the robots, and the only thing that would fit in the largest stage in North America was the feet,” Del Toro told Hero Complex earlier this year. “That’s it.”

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